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Bear & Staff

10-12 Bear Street, London, WC2H 7AX +44 2077686195

((((* British
Main course: £12
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 23:00
Friday & Saturday: 09:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 22:30

Great atmosphere. Brilliant staff- Gemma down to earth and great

Bridget Stone 17 February 2017
from London

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Situated within easy reach of London’s Theatreland, The Bear & Staff is a traditional pub boasting a friendly atmosphere, a choice of ales and a modern twist on the traditional British menu. Housed in a building dating back to 1873 what is now our dining room was once a small theatre favoured by Charlie Chaplin, who occasionally used it for rehearsal space.

Since Nicholson’s pubs were first established in 1873, these traditional British inns have become synonymous with warm hospitality, hearty pub food and a speciality range of ales. As well as always featuring British pub classics like beer-battered fish & chips and gammon & eggs, the Bear & Staff menu is complemented by a rotating selection of pie, sausage & chop and fish specials for each season.

The Bear & Staff bar is always stocked with exquisite gins, warming whiskies and fine wines to pair with favourite meals, and there’s always a superb range of seasonal and regional real ales on offer. A constant at the bar is the St Austell-brewed Nicholson’s Pale Ale, made with Cornish Maris Otter malts, and a hand-picked blend of English hops.

Bear & Staff in – Leicester Square is a minute’s walk from Leicester Square Tube Station and a 5-minute walk from Covent Garden Tube Station, Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown.

Bear & Staff

10-12 Bear Street, London, WC2H 7AX

Contact +44 2073210814
Reservations +44 2077686195

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Customer reviews for Bear & Staff

4.2 ((((* (based on 19 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (10)
  • lunch (9)
  • value (7)
  • private dining (5)
  • views (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • ((((( 17 February 2017 by Bridget Stone from London

    Great atmosphere. Brilliant staff- Gemma down to earth and great

  • ((((* 23 January 2017 by John Close from London

    Great meat pie!!

  • (((** 8 December 2016 by Gerry Kift from London

    Service excellent. Fish wasn't cooked properly. Four of our party left it. Given one free meal as compensation. Great room and view.

  • ((((* 5 December 2016 by Febe Pritchard from London

    Negative: staff was not aware of our booking, then when she thought she could arrange a table, she did not listen to the number of seats we needed. She took it for granted that there were just the two of us (rest of our party came in a little bit later). Thankfully, other diners left and we were able to get a table for 6. Seems only 1 staff member was officially assigned in a very busy dining area and was not fully engaged. One of us did not get his food order (at all!)! Another round of drinks had to be repeated and reminded. Management need to sort out! Positive: fantastic food, beautiful dining room which impressed English friends who came home from abroad!

  • ((((* 29 November 2016 by Jenny Neewbery from Essex

    I had booked a table online for three of us to have a pre-theatre dinner but when we arrived the waitress in the dining room said she didn't have our booking despite me having e-mail confirmation on my phone. Luckily there were some tables spare so we were able to get seated. We had seen the pre-theatre dinner menu on the website which was 2 meals for £11.00 but we were only given the normal menu. I didn't say anything as the booking was a suprise for my Mum's birthday and the food on the menu was reasonably priced. Two of us had the hunters chicken and I had the gammon steak which was delicious. All the food was absolutely amazing and the dining room was a fabulous place to eat in with lots of pictures of Charlie Chaplin on the walls as he used to rehearse there when it was a small theatre in 1878. The Christmas decorations were up so it all felt lovely and cosy. We would definatley go back again but they just need to sort out their booking from the website as it doesn't seem to work!

  • ((((* 8 November 2016 by Jackie Blackman from Saint Albans

    Chose sausages with mash, gravy and trimmings. Delicious. Sat in the window watching world go by, excellent. Room has great atmosphere. Good beers and wine.

  • (**** 1 November 2016 by David Holt from Royston

    Very average

  • ((((* 9 October 2016 by Ai ling from London

    Service was excellent and food was good!

  • ((((( 7 October 2016 by Audrey Ardern-jones from London Borough of Camden

    The food was very reasonable and delicious

  • ((((( 1 October 2016 by Colm Egan from London

    Service was polite and quick. Food v nice

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